Although distance education affords some conveniences not available at campus-based programs, the teaching and learning methods are very different from the traditional, lecture-based instructional model.
Prospective distance learning students are encouraged to perform a self-inventory of their learning styles to ensure that they are well-suited to the unique challenges of learning at a distance. Online students should possess strong communications skills and computer proficiency is essential.
Current paramedic practitioners who are graduates of associate degree or certificate programs will find transfer and advanced-standing mechanisms available for establishing credit towards the bachelor’s degree.
Military personnel who have completed SOCM or 18D training may enter the program with advanced standing. Advanced standing also may be gained by completing programs which have direct articulation agreements at WCU, through individual course transfer, or through proficiency examinations.
Students wishing to apply to the Emergency Medical Care Program must first be accepted
as students of the university through the WCU Office of Admissions.
To be eligible for admission into the EMC major and the professional course sequence, students must have completed 60 semester hours (or 18D training) with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
Admission is competitive. Applicants must currently hold or be eligible for state or national EMT-paramedic certification or SOCM/18D military training.
Distance Learning Students: Read conditions of participation in the online program.
The deadline for receipt of all application material, including official college transcripts, is March 1. In order to be considered complete, the application form and all supporting documentation must be received by the EMC program director by 5 p.m. on March 1.
The application process requires an application to WCU and an EMC Distance Learning Program application. Students wishing to apply to the Emergency Medical Care Online Program must be accepted as students of the university through the WCU Office of Admissions. To apply to the EMC Distance Learning Program you will need to review Application Instructions and the Program Application. Please follow the directions listed on the Applications Instructions and submit your Application to the EMC Distance Learning Program Director.